Papers and correspondence of Arthur Roderick Collar, 1908-1986.

Scope and Content

The papers have two principal components: Aeronautical Research Council research and organisational papers, 1935-1980, and unpublished lectures on scientific and non-scientific topics, 1947-1977. A great part of Collar's Aeronautical Research Council papers were destroyed on his instruction after his death.

Administrative / Biographical History

Collar was born in West Ealing and educated at the Simon Langton School in Canterbury, winning a scholarship to Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1926 to read for the Mathematics and Natural Sciences Tripos. After graduating from Cambridge in 1929, he worked in the Aerodynamics Department, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington and at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough. In 1946 he became the first Sir George White Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Bristol University where he remained for the rest of his career. From 1936 Collar was also involved with the work of the Aeronautical Research Committee (later Council). He served in various capacities with the Council and its subcommittees until its abolition in 1980, holding the Chairmanship, 1964-1968. He was elected FRS in 1965.


By section as follows: Biographical, Aeronautical Research Council, Lectures, Broadcasts and publications, Scientific correspondence.

Access Information

No known closure or restrictions. Visits by appointment. Some form of identification required.

Other Finding Aids

Printed Catalogue of the papers and correspondence of Arthur Roderick Collar (1908-1986) by P. Harper and T.E. Powell, NCUACS catalogue no. 3/2/88, 20 pp. Copies available from NCUACS, University of Bath

Custodial History

Received for cataloguing in 1988 by the National Cataloguing Unit for the Archives of Contemporary Scientists from Professor Alan Simpson, Bristol University and Mr M.J. Collar, son. Deposited in BristolUniversity Library, 1988.